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  • A rotten system, not just rotten apples

    Settler violence against human rights activists is not the work of a few 'rotten apples,' but rather a government-backed strategy that could have dangerous consequences. We should be taking it deathly seriously. By Libby Lenkinski Over the last few weeks, the settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron have ramped up their harassment of Breaking the Silence activists who lead tours of the city for Israelis and internationals alike. Two weeks ago, settlers threw paint at tour leader Frima Bubis as she was guiding a group of Birthright walk-offs, and on Sunday a right-wing activist physically assaulted Breaking the Silence founder…

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  • The only way to end the violence in Hebron

    They tell us that terror and violence must be met with force, and if that doesn’t work — then even more force. But the military occupation of Hebron has not achieved security for either its Jewish or Palestinian residents. By Yehuda Shaul Over the past few weeks we have not only borne witness to a wave of attacks in Jerusalem and throughout Israel, we have also seen a string of violent incidents in and around Hebron. Commentators are already talking about a new flashpoint of violence. I know Hebron pretty well. As a soldier and commander I served in the…

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  • Breaking the Silence founder detained in Hebron, banned from city for 14 days

    The founder of IDF watchdog group Breaking the Silence (BTS), Yehuda Shaul, was detained in Hebron on Tuesday as he was leading a tour in the Jewish settlement located in the heart of the city. According to the organization's spokesperson, Avner Gvaryahu, Shaul was confronted by an IDF company commander, who prevented him from continuing on his way, despite the fact that the area is considered public space and that Jewish groups use those streets frequently. Shaul was detained after arguing with the officer. Shaul, who was released from the Hebron police station later that night, was banned from the…

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  • The soldiers' stories that Israel lacks the courage to hear

    Testimonies from former Israeli soldiers have failed to touch the Israeli public or change the state's policies.  The IDF gives an 'explanation' for why it ignores these and all  other occupation stories told by the men and women of Breaking the Silence. I used to think that Breaking the Silence, which publishes testimonies of IDF soldiers about what they see and do on occupation duty, would really strike a blow against the empire. Who could doubt the word of soldiers – by now over 900 – coming forward to, essentially, confess; who wouldn’t at least show them respect and give them…

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  • Israeli NGO nominated for Sakharov Prize

    Breaking the Silence (BTS), an Israeli NGO that works to raise awareness of what goes on in the occupied territories by giving voice to combat soldiers who served there, has been nominated for the Sakharov Prize. The prize, named for Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, honors individuals or organizations that have dedicated themselves to defending human rights and freedom. Breaking the Silence was established in 2004 by a group of recently discharged combat soldiers who had done part of their mandatory service in the Hebron area. Uncomfortable with what they had seen and done there, they decided to raise awareness of…

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